A child (Bailee Madison) tries to convince her father (Guy Pearce) and his girlfriend (Katie Holmes) that malevolent creatures dwelling in their basement intend to destroy them all.
" A welcome alternative to the current genre offerings, steeped in old-fashioned atmosphere and faithful to haunted house routine, albeit to a fault. "
" There's no denying that his latest monsters are imaginative and detailed creations, but the haunted house-style story is hampered by his desire to show them off. "
" "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" will turn your nerve endings to Popsicles. "
" Joltingly graphic and atmospheric (Nixey and his crew at least know how to set up a few good shocks), Don't Be Afraid of the Dark fails to involve us in any meaningful way with its characters. "
" If you flinch at "boo," you'll find plenty to jump at here. Just don't expect striking originality, or even genuinely memorable eeriness. "
" Despite all the care that has been put into it, the film doesn't transcend its dime-store horror roots. "
" Don't worry about fearing darkness, but beware horror flicks that trot out every hoary cliche. "
" The film never takes hold emotionally, despite strong work from Holmes and young Madison. With Del Toro's name in the credits, standard chills aren't enough. "
" The film looks good, it sounds great (Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders' score is full of darkly murmuring woodwinds), and Madison is a pip of a lead. "
" The season's scariest horror film - and, depending on what the next few months bring, perhaps the year's. "
" This is still a seriously entertaining horror movie, one that will please newcomers as well as fans of the original oddity. "
" While there are moments of eldritch atmosphere and a few pro forma jolts, nothing here justifies our attention, let alone the film's inexplicable R rating. "
" If there's one big flaw with Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, it's that in 2011, there's only so long that we can watch movie characters face the perils of a haunted house without thinking, "GET OUT ALREADY!" "
" Mr. Nixey is doing an Alfred Hitchcock homage within a movie lacking anything as subversive, or skilled, as Hitchcock. "
" There is so much here that one admires, one wishes that there was more to love. "
" I do hope that "Don't" doesn't do Nixey in, as he has a real knack for staging high anxiety. For Del Toro, the question is, what happened? "
" This artless film even approaches child abuse, in the way it crassly reconfigures the protagonist from the besieged adult woman of the original into a neglected and terrified tot. "
" "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark," expands upon the creepy and effective TV movie from 1973. "
" As a horror film should be, it's gruesome, tension-filled and you can't tear your eyes from the screen. But it's also cruel, quite depressing and utterly sad. "
" What they're after is clear from the film's gruesome prologue; what they look like is withheld until long after we have ceased to care. "
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